Wanaka radio host broadcasts apology

BY CRIS JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 07/04/2009

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Radio Wanaka breakfast show host Wayne Johnston yesterday apologised for saying a woman should be run "out of town".

The on-air apology, to Wanaka resident Shelley Taylor and her family, followed comments made by Mr Johnson during his Friday morning show when he had suggested listeners should run Mrs Taylor "out of town" after she had complained about a Mount Aspiring College ball after party themed "White Supreeemacy".

Mr Johnson's comments were made after a live interview with Mount Aspiring College principal Wayne Bosley and two year 13 pupils involved in organising the after party.

The comments have also led to a complaint being lodged to the Broadcasting Complaints Authority.

Radio Wanaka co-owner Ed Taylor yesterday confirmed a complaint had been lodged by Mrs Taylor.

"The apology ran once yesterday morning. A formal complaint has been made and we have been advised by lawyers not to make any further comment. There is now a legal process to go through," Mr Taylor said.

Mrs Taylor's concerns led to the recall of 180 after-party tickets, resulting in a fresh batch of tickets themed "White Out" being printed.

The event went ahead without incident at an undisclosed location on private land near Wanaka.

Mount Aspiring College board of trustees chairman Grant Ruddenklau said the matter had reached a "good resolution" between staff, pupils and parents.

"It is finished," Mr Ruddenklau said.

There would be no attempt to bring future after-parties under school control.

Mrs Taylor could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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- The Southland Times

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